NCC’s Makerspace Supplies Face Shields to the Greater Norwalk Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

NCC’s Makerspace Supplies Face Shields to the Greater Norwalk Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

NCC’s Makerspace, funded by the NCC Foundation, has provided 200 face shields to the Greater Norwalk Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GNHCC).  The Chamber will distribute them to local businesses, an important step in the ongoing pandemic recovery and reopening process for businesses.  

Warren A. Peña, an alumnus of NCC, a Board Director for the NCC Foundation, and a Founder and Vice-President of GNHCC, said, “The Chamber is working to educate the community, and prevent the spread of COVID-19 by distributing essential PPE.  We wanted to work with local partners and naturally that included NCC.”  

GNHCCWarren personally collected the boxes of face shields at NCC from student and Makerspace intern Lillie Dehaemer.  Since the pandemic began, the Makerspace 3-D printers have been used to create more than 1000 face shields.  Over the past year, the face shields have been distributed to students, faculty and staff at the college, as well as to various local organizations such as Stamford Hospital, and the Open Doors shelter in Norwalk.   

“Given that we have the time, material and equipment here, I wanted to give back to the community and help out,” Lillie said of her work in the Makerspace.  

Vladimir Mariano, the Makerspace’s Supervisor who oversaw the production of face shields said, “When the pandemic hit, everything happened so fast.  We went into lockdown and there was a real shortage of PPE.  However, we found ourselves in a unique position to be able to help out our community by 3D printing face shields.  We have been able to join makers around the world in doing our small part to flatten the curve.”

Únete al RETO | Prepare-a-thon 2021

Únete al RETO | Prepare-a-thon 2021

Desde 2018, la Cruz Roja se enorgullece en llevar a cabo nuestra campaña “Activa tu Alarma Salva una Vida”., instalando alarmas de humo en vecindarios en toda la región.

Los incendios domésticos continúan siendo el desastre más frecuente durante el COVID-19, y la Cruz Roja mantiene su compromiso a seguir creando conciencia para prevenir los incendios domésticos e informar a las personas cómo pueden protegerse ellos, y a sus familias. Es por eso que estamos organizando un “Prepare-a-thon” a través de una experiencia virtual, para hacer nuestros hogares más seguros.

El “Prepare-a-thon” de la Cruz Roja es un desafío de un mes, que comienza el 8 de abril…¡y necesitamos tu ayuda!

Durante el “Prepare-a-thon”, los voluntarios buscarán educar y preparar a las personas a través de sus redes sobre seguridad y prevención contra incendios en el hogar. Habrá premios para aquellos voluntarios que eduquen a la mayor cantidad de personas.

Los voluntarios recibirán la capacitación necesaria y el material necesario sobre la prevención contra incendios en el hogar para luego, poder compartir la información de manera rápida, en 10 minutos por teléfono o virtualmente por Facetime, Zoom, etc. Los voluntarios pueden brindar la educación cuando les sea más conveniente durante el mes que dure el desafío.

Los participantes pueden registrarse individualmente o en equipo. Para más información dirigirse a: or


Since 2018, the Red Cross has been proud to run our “Activate Your Alarm Save a Life” campaign, installing smoke alarms in neighborhoods throughout the region.

Home fires continue to be the most frequent disaster during COVID-19, and the Red Cross remains committed to continuing to raise awareness to prevent home fires and inform people how they can protect themselves and their families. That’s why we are hosting a “Prepare-a-thon” through a virtual experience to make our homes safer.

The Red Cross Prepare-a-thon is a month-long challenge, starting April 8…and we need your help!

During the Prepare-a-thon, volunteers will seek to educate and prepare people through their networks about home fire safety and prevention. There will be prizes for those volunteers who educate the most people.

 Volunteers will receive the necessary training and materials on home fire prevention and then be able to share the information quickly, in 10 minutes by phone or virtually via Facetime, Zoom, etc. Volunteers can provide the education at their convenience during the month-long challenge.

Participants can register individually or as a team. For more information, please contact: or


Connecticut Community Bank Gives Back During the Pandemic

Connecticut Community Bank Gives Back During the Pandemic

Giving back is something that Connecticut Community Bank has always been passionate about. When they began to see the need for community support during the coronavirus pandemic, they knew they had to help. To meet the immediate needs caused by the virus, CCB has supported charity partners by donating the products they need to keep their communities safe, healthy, and engaged. Recent partners include: Open Doors Shelter, Chrysalis Center, Pacific House, River House Adult Day Center, Abilis, Homes for the Brave, and Bridgeport Rescue Mission.


Romanacci Provides Free Meals to Essential Workers

Romanacci Provides Free Meals to Essential Workers

Romanacci Pizza Bar is collecting $5 donations for each person on the “Front Lines” that you would like to send a pizza and bottled water to. Either add it onto your online order at checkout or call in (to any of their locations) and order/donate via credit card over the phone. Once they receive $25+, they contact Food For the Front Lines, which coordinates a delivery to an essential workplace,  such as a hospital, police station or fire departments. Some recipients of Romanacci pizza thus far include Westport EMS, Westport Police Department, and Norwalk Hospital.

“We pay to have meals delivered to the first responders and the hospital workers, so the chefs are getting dollars for every delivery. We’re not asking [restaurants] for discounts or donations. We want to pay these chefs and restaurant owners, so they can support themselves and their staff.”

– Stephanie Webster, CT Bites

Food for the Front Lines was founded by Nicole Straight, former Food Rescue US – Fairfield County Site Director, and mother of Westport EMT Emma Straight. Their mission is to feed health care and other essential workers, while simultaneously bolstering business for restaurants. In the first week, they raised $15K and delivered over 750 meals. Then, in partnership with CT Bites, a Go Fund Me was created. As of April 4, the campaign contained over $45K, from over 450 donors. If you would like to make a donation, click the button below.

Successful Fundraiser Event – Girls Night Out + Dress for Success®️Accessory Drive

Successful Fundraiser Event – Girls Night Out + Dress for Success®️Accessory Drive

Congratulations!! to our member House Of House the co-host of “Girls Night Out + Dress for Success®️Accessory Drive” on last April 12th.

It was a truly successful Fundraiser Event for a very worthy cause.

Since 1998, Dress for Success has served over 5,000 women in Fairfield County through it’s simply suited program and career development programs. The mission for Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools (interview skills, resume writing, etc.)

Thank you to the people that make this possible, to the keynote speaker Norwalk First Lady Lucia Rilling, the Mayor Harry W. Rilling and for everyone coming to the event.
All donations and support was invaluable.

Hope to see you next year!

@DressForSuccessMidFairfieldCounty @HouseofKatia @norwalkdoubletree
#DressforSuccess #Dress4Success #WomenFashion #FashionCT #KatiasFashion #HouseOfKatia #WomenSuccess #FundraisingCT #GivingAwayForWomen #WomenGiveAwayPower #DressForSuccessMidFairfieldCounty #norwalkdoubletree

A Night in Hollywood – a PS4D Benefit Gala

A Night in Hollywood – a PS4D Benefit Gala

We congratulate PS4D for the wonderful Benefit Gala “Night in Hollywood” at the #SONO #Community Center. For 5 years, #PS4D has been able to award more than 30 #scholarships to #DREAMERS from the state of #Connecticut.

Felicitamos a PS4D por la maravillosa gala #benéfica “Una Noche en #Hollywood” celebrada en el SONO Community Center. Durante 5 años, PS4D ha podido otorgar mas del 30 #becas a DREAMERS (#Soñadores) del estado de Connecticut.

What is PS4D

Parents of Students for a Dream, (PS4D) is a nonprofit organization created by a group of Norwalk and Stamford women concerned about the academic future of children from the immigrant community in the state of Connecticut.

Since 2012, PS4D has been able to raise funds to deliver more than 30 scholarships to undocumented students from the following cities #Bridgeport, #Danbury, #Hartford, #Manchester, #Meriden, #NewBritain, #NewCanaan, #NewFairfield, #NewHaven, #Norwalk, y #Stamford.

Our member Rene Soto from #LATINCOLORS was there and took some videos that would like to share 🙂


Latin Colors supporting PS4D Gala Miriam Matos

Posted by Rene Soto on Saturday, March 10, 2018


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